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I couldn't help but wonder when he would give up and return home but Kusy seemed to be-traumatized and all-in his element interviewing and meeting "eccentrics" along the way. A man born for a mission(s), downing a cockroach from his beer bottle and being locked in a guest house-small and dark - with ants, cockroaches, spiders, and snakes did not seem to deter him.
This easy reading guide of multiple small chapters will be mixed with his love life confusion and impulsivity - which he up-front declares as OCD. Whether stated or not it is a surety he has gotten his protein sources from far more than beef and chicken. Meet Mrs. Thip and her rafting business as she shares her timely appetizing advice to visit the morning market and purchase wild pig, snake, and iguana. "You can have dead, she chirped cheerfully, or you can take home and kill yourself."
Though most assuredly you will not venture into such places, I know you will enjoy the entertaining experiences only Kusy would remain alive to tell. Check out his other books as well for more hilarious "on the edge" adventure.
In typical Kusy style this book begins with a telling Foreword, from which the e following is excerpted: `I suppose the idea of getting off the beaten track came to me in Penang. Having left my Trailfinders tour group back at the Snake Temple (too many live snakes falling out of the roof for my liking!) I was standing at one of the boat quays, looking out to sea. Just then, a small motorised craft puttered up and about a dozen loud, fat package tourists piled out. `Hey, mister!' a particularly fat and noisome youth accosted me. `Where's the nearest Taco Bell?' I couldn't believe my ears. `You've come to one of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia and all you're interested in is fast food? Don't you want to look around first?' The boy absent-mindedly scratched a pimple on his face. `No, we don't. Now, where's the Taco Bell?' I sighed. `Penang doesn't have a Taco Bell. But it does have a McDonald's at the top of the new Komtar.' The group uttered a collective `Really? That's great!' And then they all ran off to claim their Double Double Cheese burgers. Half an hour later, they were back on the boat and zooming off to their next destination, having seen nothing of Penang but a smiley Malay in a perky hat offering them extra Coke and chips if they went `large'. `How sad,' I thought to myself. `Is this what mass tourism is doing to the world? Whatever place I write about, it's going to be overrun with McDonalds, KFCs, coffee shops and 7/11 stores in a few years. My only hope of giving my traveler readers any sense of adventure is to look out venues where no man has gone before. There was no doubt about it. I was going to have to go off the beaten track.'
From there Kusy opens his memoir with the need to escape a Polish biker chick with whom he had had an amorous distraction (though he had a girlfriend) as well as another impulsive affair when good fortune hits: his publisher alls to tell him his next assignment is to travel and write about Bangkok to Bali. What proceeds from there is his `view' of Southeast Asia and one bumptious year including getting married in a remote village in Bali, facing giant spiders in Australia, being bombed on the Cambodian border, nearly killing the King of Thailand and being sentence to death in Malaysia. There's more, much more but every reader should have the privilege of discovering all the features of this wild Asia adventure on their own. For the unseasoned traveler (and who could compare to the spectrum adventures Kusy shares?) this book will not only open windows of curiosity but also satisfy that rare combination of adventure, comedy and the unknown that fascinates the armchair adventurer. This book is full of the flavor, the scents and scintillations of Southeast Asia as we've never read about it before. Richly rewarding! Grady Harp, November 14
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